Putting aside personal comfort and to participate in the nation’s call- former Drangpon Jigme Zangpo joined Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) for its principle, ‘freedom, justice and solidarity’.
After 40 years in service, Jigme Zangpo, 63 went back to his village to help his community and his aged parents when people insisted that politics was his next calling.
“I have put national interest above all and decided to join one aspiring political party and it happened to be DNT as it best fits my ideologies, the core essence of the party is Nyamrup and principle ‘freedom, justice and solidarity’. In DNT’s ideology it encompasses the entire democratic scenario” said Interim President of DNT, Jigme Zangpo.
He added that DNT has a group of founding members who are all passionate and dedicated for building a strong nation.
He called the founding members of DNT as ‘a group of people with diverse backgrounds who are all dynamic, qualified, experienced and intelligent candidates who can really give the nation an ‘alternative’ in 2013 elections.
The offer is the ‘seven-point contract’ (the DNT manifesto) to the people, Jigme Zangpo highlighted.
He said that to make democracy work, the local government should be empowered. “DYT and GYT act is there but it is not fully implemented,” Jigme Zangpo said. “DNT will enhance or build the LG.”
Another offer on the card is – ‘Tax Bracket’ in its seven-point contract.
“We will optimize taxation policy to keep up with changing times. For example, we will lift up lower PIT bracket to support the middle class and increase income tax rate for the top of the economic pyramid,” said Jigme Zangpo.
At 21, Jigme Zangpo entered the noble profession of teaching in the late 60’s. Before joining politics, he was a farmer in Masangdaza village in Mongar till 2012.
As hardworking as his folks back in village say of him, he rose to several important jobs as a civil servant- from Headmaster to school Inspector, Education Officer to Director, and Dzongda to Secretary General for National Assembly and finally resigned as Drangpon in High Court.
If the DNT gets registered with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), Jigme Zangpo will contest from Mongar constituency.
“I hope one knows the best for democracy,” said Jigme Zangpo.
Puran Gurung / Thimphu